Businesses can apply for up to £100,000 inc VAT for innovative solutions for urgent and emergency care challenges.
Programme: SBRI Healthcare
Award: Up to £100,000 (inc. VAT) per project
Opens: 15th Jul 2020
Closes: 27th Aug 2020
A new national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition is being launched by NHS England and NHS Improvement in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to identify innovative new products and services for Urgent and Emergency Care.
Eligibility & Funding Costs
The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities.
The SBRI scheme is particularly suited to small and medium-sized businesses, as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales for Government departments.
The competition runs in two phases (subject to availability of budget in 2021):
Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2.
Developments will be 100% funded and suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property rights (IPR) generated from the project, with certain rights of use retained by the NHS.
There are a number of technologies or types of solution which are already available, sometimes from multiple suppliers, these are listed below.
Any technologies that negatively impact staff workloads will also be excluded.
You can find the full competition briefing document on the SBRI Healthcare website.
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Under the overall theme of ‘Urgent and Emergency Care’, two categories have been identified.
Applicants are expected to respond to one of the two categories and, in both Categories, should consider if their solution is specific to, or can be tailored to, one of the sub-categories, whilst being mindful of the broader impact on the urgent and emergency care system.
Category 1: Reduce Demand
There are significant increases in ED demand with evidence to suggest that significant proportions of patients present to the ED with less urgent needs. These patients are often younger adults and are more likely to present out of hours. Patients that present with less urgent needs could be treated by other services such as primary care, pharmacies or through self-care. By definition, in order to reduce the number of people arriving at the front door, innovations are required that intervene at the incident, in the community, at home, through primary care or NHS 111.
Potential solutions to this challenge should be able to work across metropolitan, urban and rural settings, be scalable and, if necessary, configurable to the range of local services. Solutions may be related to pathway redesign and management, self-care, monitoring or diagnosis and intervention. Potential solutions to this challenge include strategies that support:
1. Redesign of care pathways to provide urgent and emergency care outside of the ED setting
2. Reducing delays in assessment (triage) in out-of-hospital settings to ensure that early intervention out-of-hospital is more often an option
3. Improved confidence and capacity in emergency care outside the ED
4. Early identification of deterioration of at risk patients with long term conditions (LTCs), to allow early interventions prior to ED, who otherwise are highly likely to arrive at the ED
5. Reduce overnight 999 overnight calls from community hospitals and care homes while still providing correct patient care
6. Specific interventions applicable to children and their carers
7. Specific interventions related to young people
8. Proofs of concept that have been developed as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic that need further development and supporting evidence to enable wider rollout
Category 2: Reducing the length of stay in the Emergency Department
When urgent or emergency care is required there are often delays within the pathway, these may be in Primary Care, assessment areas, inpatient wards or prior to discharge.
Delays in accessing timely care and treatment often mean an extended stay in the ED and possibly in hospital. Their journey through the ED may be delayed by slow assessment and treatment and/or by slow discharge either home or to other health and care settings, such as hospital wards or care homes.
Innovations that give enhanced confidence to patients and carers in home, primary and community care management and in early intervention could enable early discharge and a reduction in admissions to hospital from the ED. This may be particularly true in both children and in elderly patients with complex conditions.
Additionally, effective triage and streaming to identify those non-essential attendees at the ED, so they can be directed to more appropriate care, will free up resources to deliver care to those patients who need to be in the ED. Challenges Potential solutions to this challenge include system and technological innovations (digital, diagnostic and device) that:
1. Enhance the quality and safety of care by reducing delays to diagnosis
2. Address access issues to other, non-ED services to enable prompt care and assessment; right time, right place, right staff
3. Reduce pressure on a stretched workforce, while ensuring care is
4. Enabling safe and efficient discharge from the ED
5. Enabling self care as early in the pathway as possible